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5 Ways to 'live more happy'

Updated: Dec 3, 2018

Couldn't we all use a little more happiness??!

Dr Darren Morton, renowned happiness expert, shares his top tips with us...

We are excited to have Dr Darren Morton as our special guest speaker at our Life of the Party FUNdraiser Friday May 11th! He'll be sharing the highlights of his new book “Live More Happy”. Over the past decade, neuroscience, positive psychology and lifestyle medicine have exploded as areas of cutting-edge study, research and healthcare. Drawing on the best of this research and his own published scientific research, Dr Darren Morton offers an easy-to-read and practical guide on how to lift how you feel every day.

1. Get moving

The research indicates that almost half of your enduring happiness can be influenced by your daily choices and habits, so this is how you do it. Wherever you are on the feelings scale, you can lift your mood and you will likely lift your wellbeing in the process. Join the journey toward living more, feeling better and finding happiness.The impact of physical activity on our happiness is undisputed. “Science shows physical activity is probably one of the most underused anti-depressants. It takes less than 10 minutes of moving to lift people’s mood."

2. Be outside

Dr Morton recommends aiming for at least 30 minutes of outdoor time a day. “The science from every angle and many disciplines tells us in terms of promotion of mental health, immersing yourself in natural environment is the pick,” he says. Get your dose of blues (sky, water) and greens (grass, trees, nature) everyday

3. Together we are better

There’s nothing like human-to-human connections for boosting our “feel-good” endorphins. “When researchers look at the top 10 per cent of happy people, one of the things that always emerges is they have good social connectedness,” Dr Morton says. But having 400 friends on social media doesn’t cut it. “The people you are most connected to are those you feel for and with. That only happens in a face-to-face space."

-Get connected at Embrace Myall Lakes Paddle Weekend Sept 22, 2018

4. Positively happy

Thinking positively, choosing positive acts, and focusing on the positive areas of your life can have an enormous impact on happiness levels.

“Your limbo is wired to the front portion of your brain, I call it the leader. The leader is what we focus on. When that front part of your brain is thinking about positive things, those messages feed back to your emotional brain,” Dr Morton says. He suggests expressing gratitude or writing down three things to be thankful for each day to direct your focus on positive things.

5. Be kind

Research indicates showing a kindness produces the single most reliable improvement in people’s health and happiness, says Dr Morton. “Having an attitude of contributing to the world and those around you is incredibly powerful for increasing your own wellbeing.”

'Live More Happy' by Dr Darren Morton, will be available on at our Girls Night In FUNraising Night, May 11th for only $20. Dr Morton is donating $10 from every book purchased on the night to Restore One towards building material for our year 11 classroom in Cambodia.

About Embrace Escapes...

Our goal is to empower and motivate women to take a step outside their comfort zone; to be active in the great outdoors, take on new challenges, embrace travel, believe that anything is possible if they set their mind to it and to enrich not only their own lives through adventure but the lives of others that may need a helping hand or be less fortunate.

From our short 'Walk and Talk' outings where we take in beautiful locations with a bunch of like-minded women to longer hikes through pristine bushland, kayaking through lakes and creeks, 'Weekend Escapes' to overseas adventure trips where we not only get active and see the sights but also volunteer in the local community. Embrace Escapes focusses on women only activities, providing an environment that is nonjudgmental, friendly and safe to experience new things.

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xKatrina and Sharon

CEA Embrace Escapes


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